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Rep. Mike “Mr. Embryo” Ferguson

Via Dump Mike:

Congressman Mike Ferguson’s views on contraception, stem cell research and abortion are so far outside the mainstream that his own colleagues have nicknamed him, “Mr. Embryo.”

From the May 25, 2005 Subcommittee On Oversight And Investigations Of The House Committee On Energy And Commerce hearing on Community Health Centers:

Mr. Whitfield: I am 52 today.
Chairman Barton: Today is your birthday, so happy birthday. I need to give Congressman Ferguson, Mr. Embryo himself, credit for that. . . that is going to be on your tombstone.

Chairman Barton is Rep. Joe Barton, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Mr. Whitfield is Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-1) and chair of the the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Ferguson sits on both committees.

Can I Not Buy Cigarettes Anymore?

OK. Before I begin, I would like to say that smoking is bad and it leads to cancer and all kinds of nasty stuff so people shouldnt do it.

NOW. In the NJ State Senate, there is a proposal to raise the age of purchacing tobacco (aka cigarettes, cigars) to 19.

Proponents of the legislation contend that raising the age would make it illegal for virtually all high school students to purchase cigarettes and less likely that they would share them with younger students. It would also help tobacco vendors enforce the law by making it easier for them to identify younger teenagers attempting to buy cigarettes.

The measure (S-2783) is co-sponsored by Codey and Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex).

“A year may not seem like a long time in the grand scheme of things, but in the year between high school and life beyond, our kids begin to take shape into the people they will become,” he said. “We are hoping that those people will be nonsmokers, and by giving them an added year of wisdom, we will hopefully better prepare them to say no to smoking.”

…my opinion below…

Boycott Six Flags Great Adventure in Ocean County

I’ve received information from an Ocean County local that the single most effective action which may pressure Ocean County’s freeholders to change their minds about granting domestic partner benefits would be a boycott of Six Flags Great Adventure, which is located in Ocean County. According to people familiar with county politics, Six Flags “wields big, big, big time power” in Ocean County and is one of the few areas where non-county residents can have a major impact on the situation.

This boycott is also being supported by the Big Gay Picture.

You can contact Great Adventure at (732)-928-1821 or NJComments@sftp.com or by snail mail:

Six Flags Great Adventure
P.O. Box 120
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527

WHOA! Endorsements abound (YADACSP)

Obligatory warning: This is Yet Another Diary About Corzine’s Senate Pick (YADACSP).

Bob Andrews picks up a few endorsements today from the Philly Inquirer, and Courier Post. Both eerily saying similar things, and both, eerily full of that stinky stuff that Ocean County Freeholders are also reeking of these days.

First off, the Courier Post endorsed Doug Forrester, so why should Gov. Elect Corzine give their opinion any more deference than a fruit fly?

Second, both these pieces look like perhaps someone sent a press release to some editorial boards and perhaps consulted with said boards on verbiage and such.  This is of course speculation and speculation is something I don’t like trafficking in.  So forget I just wrote this last part and let’s get to taking these babies apart like a cheap Lego set.

A Prophetic Senator

At least one Hudson County voter has a message for Jon Corzine: I don’t trust anyone.

The Jersey Journal reports that the ancient Jewish prophet Moses actually got one vote for governor based on a write-in ballot.  However, Moses finished well behind Acting-Governor Dick Codey in the write-in ballots – 227 to 1.

Laurel Hester has already made a difference

Last night, Union County freeholders voted unanimously (9-0) in support of granting county employees domestic partner benefits. According to one person who attended the meeting “[the freeholders] all cited Laurel Hester as their inspiration”. Lt. Hester has served in Ocean County’s prosecutor’s office for 23 years and has inoperable cancer. She would like to pass her pension benefits on to her partner, which is the only way she would be able to afford to keep their home, but the Ocean County freeholders have refused to grant her those benefits.

Last week, Mercer County also cited the situation in Ocean County as the reason why they were acting to pass domestic partner benefits. The person at the freeholder’s meeting continued: “I watched in tears – even if Ocean County doesn’t budge, Laurel has already helped so many with her courage and I wish she had seen it.”

If the Ocean County freeholders hope that this situation is just going to fade away, they are sadly mistaken. They are the laughing stock of not only New Jersey, but the entire country and if tourism declines next summer, they shouldn’t act surprised that people don’t want to visit the homophobia capital of the world.

The next Ocean County freeholder’s meeting is Wednesday, Dec 7th in Room 304, Third Floor, Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Toms River. If you’re from the county, come out in support of Lt. Hester.

You can also contact the following people and let them know how you feel:

County Administrator
Alan W. Avery (732) 929-2147

Freeholders CountyConnection@co.ocean.nj.us
Gerry P. Little: (732) 929-2001
Joseph H. Vicari: (732) 929-2002
John P. Kelly: (732) 929-2003
James F. Lacey: (732) 929-2004
John C. Bartlett, Jr: (732) 929-2116

County Tourism Director
Barbara Steele – (732) 929-2000 bsteele@co.ocean.nj.us

Pension Crisis – How did it happen!?

Warning: Someday way too soon, postings about underfunded pensions will be as frequent as YADACSP’s are today, and when that happens (like in today’s New York Times article about proposals to overhaul NJ’s public pension system), try remembering this:

More than a decade ago, New Jersey’s pension system had a solid, no-nonsense reputation. The state was making regular payments into the fund.

But that changed in the 1990’s, when Gov. Christie Whitman altered the actuarial assumptions to reduce the state’s payments into the pension system, and helped set the stage for income tax cuts….

… and the gradual underfunding of our pension system.

Another Recount Winner

As reported in today’s Star Ledger Edison Mayor-Elect Jun Choi has increased his margin of victory by one vote in the official recount, and has been recertified the winner of the November election. Thrilled for Jun – still not quite understanding what these “recounts” are supposed to be proving.

Air America Names Nia Gill as Likely NJ Senator

The 3:00 news update from Air America radio mentioned State Senator Nia Gill as a likely successor for Jon Corzine’s US Senate seat.

Fox News is also running with Gill, who would become NJ’s first black and first woman Senator. Fox is running the same AP article we mentioned earlier, but with a different title. Does Fox know something we don’t?

Gill has historically been on the outs with the Essex County Democratic Organization (actually being dropped from the official county ticket – but winning her seat anyway), which would burnish Corzine’s image as someone who won’t bow to the Party powerbrokers.

At this point, it’s all just a rumor. However, any day that both Air America and FOX agrees – it’s worth noting.